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Montoya starts for Barcelona, Luiz on PSG bench

15 April 2015, 21:32

Paris - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique replaced the suspended Dani Alves with Martin Montoya in his side to face Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

The Barcelona youth product, who turned 24 on Tuesday, gets the nod ahead of Adriano, while Javier Mascherano plays alongside Gerard Pique in central defence with Frenchman Jeremy Mathieu left on the bench.

Despite his angry reaction to being substituted in the 2-2 weekend draw with Sevilla in La Liga, Neymar lines up in attack, while Marc Andre ter Stegen is again preferred to Claudio Bravo in goal in Europe.

Paris are without suspended talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic and midfield maestro Marco Verratti as well as the injured Thiago Motta.

David Luiz, who was surprisingly named in the squad just 10 days after suffering a hamstring injury in a 3-2 Ligue 1 win at Marseille, is only on the bench.

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Marquinhos and Thiago Silva partner one another in central defence, with Yohan Cabaye and the 20-year-old Adrien Rabiot playing in central midfield.

PSG beat Barcelona 3-2 in the French capital in the group stage of this season's competition but are seeking for revenge for a defeat on away goals to the Catalans in the last eight of the Champions League in 2013.

Starting line-ups:

Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3): Sirigu; van der Wiel, Silva (capt), Marquinhos, Maxwell; Rabiot, Cabaye, Matuidi; Lavezzi, Cavani, Pastore

Coach: Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Barcelona (4-3-3): ter Stegen; Montoya, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta (capt); Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Coach: Luis Enrique (ESP)

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)



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